PATH Intl. Instructor Training Spinal Cord Injuries, Paralysis and EAAT Online Course


This three-week PATH Intl. education course will provide focused education on conditions related to spinal cord injuries (SCI) and paralysis, and to discuss ideas to determine the best practices for providing Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) to individuals with physical and/or emotional challenges related to living with SCI and paralysis.

Learning Objectives

As result of taking this course, learners will be able to:
1. Determine eligibility of EAAT applicants.
2. Apply understanding of SCI conditions to the development of safe and effective lesson plans.
3. Develop a participant-centered approach to planning and facilitation of EAAT.
4. Improve current safety plans and/or policies at your facility.
5. Integrate new ideas for accommodations at your facility.
6. Understand the purpose and benefits of EAATs and exercises for participants with a SCI.
7. Understand conditions, symptoms, and mobility limitations to select the appropriate equine, equipment, and lesson activities for each participant.
8. Appropriately decline applicants who do not qualify for EAAT or dismiss participants who are no longer eligible.

Course Schedule

This is a three-week online course. Individuals can expect to complete 4-6 hours of coursework per week. Each unit will consist of required readings, videos, discussion topics and graded assignments.


You are expected to attend and actively participate in each of the outlined weekly activities in order to receive credit for the course. Each assignment and activity is graded, with a minimum score required to pass the course. There are no live or synchronous activities in this course, all coursework is done on your own time, following the deadlines provided for each week.



Intended Audience

PATH Intl. Credentialed Professionals, PATH Intl. Instructor-in-Training or other EAAT professional/instructor

Course Dates

This course runs monthly, beginning March 1, 2016. To see course dates and to register, please click here.

Course Pricing

PATH Intl. Member Discount Price: $199

Required Materials

Required reading assignments have been compiled and are used throughout the course. You are expected to read the required readings prior to completing assignments. Additional optional resources may also be provided at the discretion of individual course instructors.

Required Materials: 2016 PATH Intl. Standards for Certification and Accreditation manual 
(Purchase through the store or members may download a copy from the members only page)

Technical Requirements

• Our learning management system is CourseWebs. To access the LMS, you will need an internet connection and an internet browser with Java enabled.

In addition, you should be able to:
• Create and save MS Word documents
• Find basic resources on the internet
• Create and organize files & folders on your computer
• Send, receive and manage email

Withdrawal/Transfer Policy

Course participants may withdraw from a course up to 10 days prior to the start of the course. Withdrawals less than 10 days prior to the start of the course will incur a $50 administrative fee.

Accessibility Statement

PATH Intl. is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for all course participants in accordance with federal guidelines. If you have a disability, use assistive technology, or need accommodations to fully access a course, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Someone from our PATH Intl. staff will contact you to discuss your needs.



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